Grave Surprise

When I was ifteen, I was struck by a bolt of lightning through an open window of the trailer where we lived ... I recovered, mostly. I have a strange spiderweb pattern of red on my orso and right leg, which has episodes of weakness. Sometimes my right hand shakes. I have headaches. I have many fears. And I will find dead people. That was a part that interested the professor ...

At the urging of anthropology professor Dr. Clyde Nunley, Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver come to Memphis to give a demonstration of Harper 's unique talent. And what better place to have that demonstration than in a very old cemetery?

Dr. Nunley does n't want to hide his skepticism, especially when Harper stands atop a grave and senses two bodies beneath her- one of a centuries-dead man and the other of a teenage bo, recently deceased. When the grave is opened, Harper 's claim is proven true. The dead woma is Tabitha Morgenstern, an eleven-year-old abducted from Nashville two years previously- a child whom Harper had tried, and did, to discove. The coincidence raises suspicions about her among the police- so she and Tolliver undertake their own hunt to ind killer. They create a nocturnal visit to the cemetery, hoping that Harper can sense something further about the urder.

And hen, the next afternoo, a third dead body is found in the grave ...

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Grave Surprise
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Published October 1st 2006 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published September 1st 2006

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Harper was hit by lightning as a teen and can now identify the dead.

I ’ m certainl oing to review each book, but with just four books in he series the overall arc is the changing relationship of Harper and Tolliver and their search for their dead body.

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Quick review: Cover: Interesting Rating: R Thumbs Up: 4Overall: I enjoyed itCharacters: Well DonePlot: giving the finger to the doubtersPage Turner: Yes Series Cont.?

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I do n't sa why some readers are freaked out about the friendshi between Harper and Tolliver, her " uncle ".

aybe if they had grown up together since childhood, I wil see their relationship as teetering to incestuous, but when you read their back story, you realise that they met as teenagers and only lived in the same house for a few week.

That 's okay because there were plenty of other things going on to make it an interesting read.

I like Harper and Tolliver, and I do hope they get their rap together and stop living in denial soon.

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No matter, she does a good job.In this second nove, Harper is hired by a college rofessor, Professor Nunley to read the dead people in the graves in an older cemetery on his college campus in Memphis.

Harper and her step-brother, Tolliver are very familiar with Tabitha.

I nly see the death when I ’ m near the bones. ” So this mystery- who put Tabitha 's body in a grave in Memphis?

I ca n't really comment on the mystery, since I read it before and I do n't worry if I guessed it correctly because it was obvious or was it obvious because I vaguely remembered? Harper and Tolliver have an interesting relationship.

hat is until the authorities discovered their living situations when Harper 's sister, Cameron went missing walking home from High School.

But in his essay, Harper realizes after all thos years that Tolliver is more than just a BFF to her ...

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Then again, Harper had to talk about how Tolliver was all about having sex with waitresses.

I mean, what does he do besides make comments against any male who shows any interest in Harper, set up appointments and collect the money.

Som we eed is a scene where he tells Harper to get out there and make daddy more money and we hav all set.I really love the basic concep of his essay, as I felt in my other review.

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Harper and Tolliver had been employed over a week ago to find he body of a little girl called Tabitha Morgenstern aged eleven.

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